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Some Thoughts on Passive Personal Finance Barriers

In my most recent book, The Simple Dollar, I spent some time talking about passive barriers. A passive barrier is a small barrier that you set up that will make a particular bad habit more difficult to continue or, sometimes, make a particular good habit easier to repeat.

Simple Steps to Make Speaking in Public a Cinch

We’ve all been there…that gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach when you’re about to give a big presentation, fearful that you may blow it.  The hesitation that grips your chest when you step into a party and you don’t know a soul, dreading the moment you have to introduce yourself.  Most of the time, when we’re out of our comfort zone…it’s uncomfortable! For some people, tho

"Money Can't Cover Up or Compensate for Other Things in Your Life That Aren't Working."

Interview: Terry McMillan. Terry McMillan is the beloved novelist whose bestselling novels (some of which were also turned into big movies) include Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back -- and most recently, Getting to Happy. Of course, how could I resist a novel called "Getting to happy?" Terry has done a huge amount of thinking about the elements of a happy life.

Malm bed with loads of underbed storage

Materials: Malm, Alsarp Description: I saw this on a blog. This combines the Malm with the Alsarp and seems fairly easy to accomplish. It looks like a great solution for storage under a Malm bed, which doesn't have much storage space under it when put together the "normal" way. It also makes the Alsarp more aesthetically pleasing. See more of the Malm with storage boxspring. ~ Sarah

Never forget to send a card with Jack Cards

With holiday card sending season on the horizon, my husband and I have been trying to decide what we want to send this year. While researching our options, I learned about the website Jack Cards, which is an incredibly helpful service for busy people.

Stop Dying And Start Growing Simply By Doing This

Your brain is gee whiz wowzers amazing. It’s faster than any computer and gets you to eat when you’re hungry and say sorry when you don’t want to sleep on the couch.

Reader Mailbag: Secret Santa

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Basic credit questions 2. How to make money blogging? 3. Favorite podcasts 4. Television compromise 5. Connecting with teens cheaply 6. Overly long “to-do” list 7. Maximizing credit card promos 8.

The roots of clutter — external, behavioral, and internal

There are innumerable reasons people are plagued by clutter.

Identifying Your Unique Selling Point as a Musician

Credit: RobStone/Flickr Unless you were immediately snapped up by a manager and/or huge agency after graduating, the business of building your image as a freelance professional rests fairly and squarely on your shoulders alone. Please remember that image without talent is like a violin minus a string.

Bonde sideboard with tree legs

Materials: Bonde sideboard Description: I found a felled branch and cut six 8 inch legs. I polyurethaned them and put felt pads on the bottoms. I then removed the metal legs and screwed in the tree legs with four screws. See more of the Bonde sideboard with tree legs. ~ Akira

5 Basic Factors for Happiness, According to Carl Jung.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 5 basic factors for happiness, according to Carl Jung. One of my chief intellectual interests, along with happiness, is a subject that I call "symbols beyond words." And on that subject, no one is more fascinating than Jung. I recently read the very interesting collection, C.G. Jung Speaking: Interviews and Encounters.

Getting Started with Mint

On Tuesday, I wrote that I’ve decided to track my finances again. I’m doing fine financially, but after a few months of not watching my income and expenses closely, I feel a little lost. I miss the ability to know exactly where my money’s going. I had intended to install the new desktop version of Quicken, which is what I’ve been using for years.

Wild Thing Chair

Materials: Tullsta Chair Description: There must be a million ideas that an art teacher can gather from the book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This was my go to book for inspiration when I was asked to decorate an Ikea Tullsta chair with my students. The kids and I had a blast working on this chair. The hardest part was knowing when to stop!

Day 25: How To Let Others See The Real You And Have Them Love You Anyway

Are you a BIG giant phony? Are you walking around acting out a role someone else cast you in? Perhaps someone told you “respectable people don’t do that.” Maybe you ignore your calling because you’re afraid what a loved one will think of your choices. Or perhaps, you live behind a carefully-constructed veil, never letting anyone see the real you.

Man to Man Episode #4: How to Feel Like a Man When I Look Like a Boy

Welcome back to another edition of Man to Man. This week’s episode is in response to two emails I received this week from two different young men asking essentially the same question: How do I feel like a man when I look like a boy? One young man said he didn’t see himself as a man because he couldn’t grow a beard.